After watching 13 Reasons Why‘s Katherine Langford flip old Arthurian legends on their head as the sword-wielding Lady of the Lake in Netflix’s Cursed, fans were left with a number of questions: Like, would we ever see Nimue again? Is Arthur the king we know he is, the king he is inside? Can Pym and the Red Spear have their own spinoff series, if we ask nicely?
But it would seem the show’s title was a self-fulfilling prophecy: Cursed has been canceled after only one season on Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the show, co-created by Thomas Wheeler and comics legend Frank Miller, was one of five axed by the streaming giant during the week of July 5.
Despite the bitter news, there is some room for speculation that the story could continue. Here’s what we know.
Langford feels there’s “so much story left” to tell.
Even if Netflix will no longer steer Nimue’s tale, Langford seems eager to reprise her role. She told ELLE.com, “I’m trying not to spoil anything, but I feel like this [season] is really just the tip of the iceberg.”
She added that she has specific hopes for Nimue in the future: “There’s a lot of talk about the sword this season, and I feel like it would be interesting to see just how deep Nimue’s powers go and what kind of untapped power she has within.”
If the story were to be picked up by another platform or streamer, it seems likely Langford would remain attached.
Devon Terrell believes Arthur still has “a really long journey” ahead.
Terrell gained attention as Barack Obama in the Netflix film Barry, and he brings an intriguing bit of depth to the “Once and Future King” Arthur in Cursed.
He told RadioTimes, “I didn’t want to create a performance that sat on the fence. I wanted to pick a direction, which moments I made him vulnerable, which moments I made him feel like he’s becoming a leader. And it’s the beginning of a really long journey.”
Although a sequel to Cursed has not been officially announced, the author has hinted at its existence.
Cursed book co-author Wheeler also served as a show co-creator, and he clearly wants to write a second entry in the series. In the acknowledgments section of Cursed, he included: “I’m a lifelong Frank Miller fan, and this collaboration has been the unlikeliest of bucket listings…I’m so thankful for his trust, his wisdom, and his idea to ally Sister Iris with an army of killer children (a must for book two).”
It’s not much, but it’s a definite acknowledgement from the author that the story could continue, even if not on Netflix. What with Sister Iris in that creepy gold mask, Nimue taking a trip down the river, and the Weeping Monk revealing his true identity, well…there’s a lot to unpack in the finale. Perhaps a second book from Wheeler could finally answer fans’ questions.
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